Putting Ideas to Work: A Practical Introduction to Political Thought

Putting Ideas to Work: A Practical Introduction to Political Thought

by Mark Mattern

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Overview

In this innovative new text, Mark Mattern offers a unique alternative to the traditional approaches to the study and teaching of political philosophy. Rather than approaching it solely as a world of abstractions, Putting Ideas to Work emphasizes its practical task. Political ideas drawn from historical and analytical political philosophy are used to help rethink current public problems and imagine potential solutions to them.

Putting Ideas to Work is organized around five central tensions in political theory and practice: individual and community, freedom and equality, justice and political order, democracy and capitalism, and power and citizenship. Each section begins with a description and analysis of several contemporary public problems arising from these tensions. Key political thinkers are then drawn upon to help understand the genesis of the public problems, and to offer alternative ways of thinking about them. The text is anchored throughout to an idea of strong democracy that functions as a standard against which theory and practice are measured.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781461641599
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 07/08/2006
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 480
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Mark Mattern is associate professor of political science at Baldwin-Wallace College. He is the author of Acting in Concert: Music, Community and Political Action.

Table of Contents

Part 1 Introduction
Part 2 The Individual and the Community
Chapter 3 Radical Individualism and the Tragedy of the Commons
Chapter 4 Democractic Community
Part 5 Freedom and Equality
Chapter 6 Radical Inequality and Its Roots
Chapter 7 More Freedom and Equality
Part 8 Justice and Political Order
Chapter 9 Thrasymachus Was Right
Chapter 10 No peace Without Justice
Part 11 Democracy and Capitalism
Chapter 12 An Unhappy Marriage
Chapter 13 Democracy As a Way of Life
Part 14 Power and Citizenship
Chapter 15 Power and th Disappearing Citizen
Chapter 16 Power and the Revival of Citizenship

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